Welcome to Grove Farm
Grove Farm and the Waioli Mission House museums are Open for Guided Tours!
We are excited to welcome back visitors to Grove Farm and the Waioli Mission House to once again share the rich and diverse history of Kauai!
Reservations are required for the tours
at both museums.
Grove Farm museum two hour walking tours are held on
Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
At the Waioli Mission House walking tours will be held when guides are available.
For a reservation at Grove Farm
please call (808) 826-1528
Hope to see you soon!
Sugar cane was the chief agricultural industry on Kauai for over 150 years. Providing one of the last authentic experiences of Kauai’s sugar cane heritage, Grove Farm continues today in its arrangement and operation as it did as a developing center of a 19th century Hawaii sugar plantation. Acquired in 1864 by George N. Wilcox, the son of missionary teachers, Grove Farm is a beautifully preserved one hundred acre homestead in the center of Lihue that includes the original plantation main house, owner’s cottage, guest cottage, old office, as well as other resident and plantation workers’ housing camp. The ongoing active household and farm with its animals, gardens, banana patches and pastures, maintain the same cleaning and agricultural schedules and practices that were established in the 1870’s.
George Norton Wilcox
Through his engineering training at Sheffield Scientific School (Yale) he transformed Grove Farm from a small 900 acre struggling farm to a thriving sugar plantation which he incorporated as Grove Farm Company in 1921. His ingenuity and keen economic intuition helped him to develop a global-investment interest.
Mabel I. Wilcox
The youngest child of Sam and Emma Wilcox's six children, she was determined to study nursing, to help with her mother's fragile health, and graduated from John's Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing in 1911. Shortly after graduation she served with the American Red Cross in France during the First World War. Both she and her sister Elsie saved the family history and homes as just part of their visionary legacy to Kauai.